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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

"It will not be six months before they test Barack Obama ...."

HT to Joe Gringo

The Russians are the first ones to push this. They're placing missiles on their borders in response to our missile defense systems going up in Eastern Europe:

Russia will place short-range missile systems on the EU's eastern border to counter planned US missile defence installations in Eastern Europe, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.

"Iskander missile systems will be deployed in the Kaliningrad region to neutralise the missile defence system," Medvedev said.

"There will also be radio-electronic neutralisation of the new US missile defence installations from the Kaliningrad region," he added.

Kaliningrad is a Russian exclave with a large military base that is wedged between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea coastline.

The Iskander are short-range missiles that use conventional warheads with a range of up to 400 kilometres (248 miles). Medvedev did not give any details on the type of scrambling devices that Russia would deploy in Kaliningrad.

He's not even inaugurated yet, and the world is lining up to challenge him. Russia's the first nation, and Hamas was another as they fired rockets into Israel, proper:

Hamas fired dozens of rockets at Israel on Wednesday after Israeli forces killed six Palestinian militants in an eruption of violence that disrupted a four-month-old truce along the Gaza Strip's frontier.

The rocket attacks, which included salvoes that landed in the coastal Israeli city of Ashkelon, caused no casualties.

Sources in Hamas, an Islamist group that runs Gaza, said calm could return if Israel did not retaliate. Israel's defense minister also signaled it did not want the truce to collapse.

A breakdown of the Egyptian-brokered Gaza ceasefire would pose yet another challenge to U.S. efforts, opposed by Hamas, to achieve a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

Egypt has been working to extend the ceasefire beyond its agreed six-month duration and, in conjunction with other Arab countries, to reconcile Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's secular Fatah faction at a summit in Cairo next week.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrives in the region on Thursday amid few hopes Israel and Abbas can meet Washington's target date of an agreement this year.

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has said resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would be a priority for his administration.

Good luck with that one, Barry. They've been at each other's throats for centuries. Nothing's going to change overnight, if at all. But just remember those words of Vice president-elect Joe Biden. He will be tested. He was right. His timetable was just off, that's all.

Publius II


Blogger knowitall said...

The left-wing illuminati were the ones who predicted that the world would test us, under the inexperienced commander in chief, we'll see, and hope he is well advised.

November 17, 2008 at 6:10 PM  

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